A City Council panel led by CM Tony Cardenas says that Mayor Villaraigosa should not control the City's anti-gang programs. Cardenas points to a lack of transparency from within the Mayor's office and laments the Council having no oversight authority over the programs. The Mayor's staff denies the charges however Cardenas is suggesting the programs be moved to a new agency independent of the Mayor.
No wonder Brian D'Arcy and the IBEW is pulling out all stops to elect Chris Essel. A city audit shows that massive pay increases given to DWP employees could bankrupt the utility's pension plan. With news like that D'Arcy needs every vote he can get to continue to rob the DWP blind.
If Chris Essel is elected to the Clowncil she will find a chilly reception from the District's Neighborhood Council leaders. Two of them, Lisa Sarkin and Judy Price, respond to and refute several claims Essel made during recent candidate forums.
Big three way race to assume the mantle of Speaker Karen Bass in the State Assembly. Among those jockeying include Kevin DeLeon, Felipe Fuentes and Mayoral primo John Perez. If chosen, Perez would be the first openly gay member to serve in the leadership role. The winner will be Perez.
And finally some good news about one of the last class acts remaining in Los Angeles. The Dodgers announced that Vin Scully will be back for a record 61st season annoucing Dodger games on radio and television. 82 year old Scully - who has already been in the Hall of Fame for thirty years - said in a statement quoted in the LA Times that he was "very excited and optimistic"about next season.